Transitions October 2015
MB Biblical Seminary welcomed Eugene Klassen half-time as development officer (donor relations) for B.C. and Alberta, Sept. 1, 2015. For the last 30 years, Eugene has worked at Communitas Supportive Care Society, Abbotsford, B.C., mainly as Chief Financial Officer. Eugene and Marilyn live in Abbotsford and attend Highland Community Church. Jeff Peters now fully assumes the role of director of advancement, overseeing development, admissions and communications.
Trevor Seath began Aug. 1, 2015, as C2C Network Ontario regional director. For the past year, he served as C2C mobilizer for Toronto and led i ncubator training at the C2C Toronto hub. Trevor has served as church networking pastor at The Peoples Church, Toronto, and as lead pastor of Bridletowne Park Church, Toronto. He has a BA in psychology from University of Waterloo (Ont.), and an MDiv from Tyndale Seminary. Trevor and Julie – who serves C2C’s spouse and family ministries in Ontario – have 4 children. Former Ontario director Greg Laing transitioned to Vancouver Sept. 1, 2015, to serve as B.C. mission mobilizer for MB Mission.
Derrick Funk began as pastor at Gateway Community Church, Lower Sackville, N.S., Apr. 1, 2015. He studied theology and education and has worked in Christian education for 20 years, and served church ministries as an elder, youth leader, small group leader and volunteer worshippastor. Derrick and Claire have 2 teenaged children.
Community Fellowship Church, Newton, Man., welcomed Bob Enns as senior pastor July 2015. Bob has an MDiv from Providence Theological Seminary, Otterburne, Man., and has previously served at Mayfair Mennonite, Saskatoon; South Park MB, Altona, Man.; Grantham MB, St. Catharines, Ont. Bob and Vicki have 2 adult daughters.
José Luis Moraga was appointed director of the School of Urban Ministry (SOUL) June 2015 after several months as interim. He served as director of the Spanish-language training program EdenB 2012–2015. A graduate of MBBS-CMU with a masters in theological studies, José Luis also has bachelor degrees in ministry and theology from his native Chile and has served as a pastor in Santiago, Chile, and as an intern at Portage Avenue Church, Winnipeg. José Luis and Karen Álvarez have 2 daughters.
Kevin Koop begins as lead pastor at Crestwood MB Church, Medicine Hat, Alta., Oct. 5, 2015. He served Blaine Lake (Sask.)Gospel Chapel from 2010–2015 after graduating from Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask. Kevin and Emily have 1 son. Pastor John Willems retired from ministry in August after serving Crestwood 2007–2015, Elm Creek 1992–2007, and as associate pastor in Linden (Alta.) MB.
Mark Janzen began as pastor at Grace Fellowship’s Warman, Sask., campus in January 2015. For 12 years, he served the youth and young adults ministry at Bergthaler Mennonite Church in Warman. Mark and Alicia have 2 children.
Columbia Bible College has appointed Darrin Derksen as Director of the Caregiving & Counselling program. Darrin graduated from CBC in 2002 and served as prayer counsellor in a church plant before completing an MA in counselling psychology at Yorkville University. He has worked in private practice for the past 6 years.
Mark Epp is program director for Mennonite Central Committee Canada. Originally from a farm in Saskatchewan, Mark has served with his wife Gloria Chacón as a missionary in Recife, Brazil, and as MCC country representative and area director in several Latin American locations since 1999. Mark has a BTh from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now CMU) and a BA and MDiv from University of Winnipeg. Mark and Gloria have 3 adult daughters.